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UK ‘stop and search’ powers declared ILLEGAL by European court

Daily Mail [1]
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Human rights judges have rejected a Government appeal against a ruling that police ‘stop and search’ powers under UK terrorism laws are illegal.

The right to question people without grounds for suspicion was granted by the Terrorism Act of 2000.

But last January the power was declared a breach of the Human Rights Convention.

Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has rejected an appeal launched in April.



Isabella Sankey, director of policy for Liberty, which supported the original court action, commented: ‘This appeal was always doomed.

‘The objectionable policy of broad stop and search without suspicion was wrong in principle and has proven divisive and counter-productive in practice.

‘The Great Repeal Bill promised by the new Government provides the perfect opportunity for the UK finally to comply with this common sense judgement.’

The ruling came in a case brought by two Londoners who were stopped and questioned by police near an arms fair in the city in 2003.

Full story here. [1]